The Northwestern Mutual Foundation is donating $215,000 to community service programs across the U.S. through the Community Service Award program. The annual competition, open to more than 7,900 Representatives of the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, recognizes exemplary volunteer involvement and dedication to charitable organizations and philanthropic projects.
Each year, nineteen "Outstanding Volunteers" are recognized and honored for their achievements with a grant of $10,000 to each organization they represent. Additionally, a "Most Exceptional Volunteer" is recognized and honored with a $25,000 grant to the designated non-profit. In total, the Northwestern Mutual Foundation will donate $215,000 this year to community service organizations through this program.
"The winners of this award have truly made a significant impact by giving their time and talent to make their communities stronger," stated Edward J. Zore, President & CEO of Northwestern Mutual. "All the recipients of the Community Service Award embody the values of leadership and community service that are fundamental elements of our culture at Northwestern Mutual. They take the time to give back to the communities that have given so much to them and their families," Zore added.
Now in its ninth year, the Community Service Award is open to any full- time Financial Representative who is actively involved in a non-profit, tax- exempt organization. Representatives may submit entries themselves or be nominated by another colleague.
A panel of judges selects the winners based on their commitment, dedication and hands-on volunteer involvement. The program is funded by the Northwestern Mutual Foundation, which is committed to improving quality of life by concentrating its charitable contributions in the areas of Health and Human Services, Education, and Arts and Culture. Last year the Northwestern Mutual Foundation contributed more than $16 million to community betterment, both locally and nationally.
Northwestern Mutual, the nation's largest direct provider of individual life insurance according to A. M. Best, has always received the highest possible ratings for financial strength from Standard & Poor's, Moody's, Fitch, and A. M. Best. In addition to life insurance, the company, its subsidiaries and affiliates are also providers of annuities, mutual funds, long-term care insurance and disability income insurance. These products and services are distributed through the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network and its 7,900 financial representatives. Among its affiliated companies are the Frank Russell Company, the investment management and advisory firm; Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC (NMIS), the securities brokerage firm; and Northwestern Mutual Trust Company, a special purpose federal savings bank. Further information on Northwestern Mutual, based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, can be found at: www.northwesternmutual.com .
Following are the 2003 Northwestern Mutual Community Service Award winners:
Winner's Name Organization Represented City, State
David Franczyk Rogers Memorial Hospital Milwaukee, Wisconsin
(Most Exceptional Foundation, Inc.
Mitchell Barnes Duchennes Research Louisville, Kentucky
Education & Miracle
Michael Bartenhagen Hephzibah Children's Oak Park, Illinois
Carol Boeckley PregnancyCare of Cincinnati, Ohio
Robert Borden Children's Home Society Greensboro, North
of North Carolina Carolina
Henry Cerruti Cooley's Anemia Smithtown, New York
Foundation, Inc. --
Suffolk County Chapter
David Feldman Massachusetts Association Brookline,
for The Blind Massachusetts
Daniel Fremling Future Builders in Fargo, North Dakota
Support of Trollwood
Performing Arts School
Patrick Horne YMCA of Metropolitan Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Kate Kane Dress for Success -- Springfield,
Western Massachusetts Massachusetts
Ray King Goodwill Industries of Abilene, Texas
David Lively Mountain Region Donor Gray, Tennessee
Michael Mathias Nokomis Child Care Center Fargo, North Dakota
James Nemec The Worldwide Children's New York, New York
Foundation of New York
Paul Phelps Arlington Area Childcare Arlington, Vermont
DBA Happy Days Preschool
James Smith Developmental Services Champaign, Illinois
Gary Taylor The Virginia Discovery Charlottesville,
Joe Thompson, Jr. The Salvation Army Nashville, Tennessee
Jeffrey Tyler Family Service of Rochester, New York
Gregory Wallace Courage Center Golden Valley,
SOURCE: Northwestern Mutual Foundation
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